STAKEHOLDERS MOVE TO RESOLVE EDUCATIONAL CRISES IN OSUN

Filed in News by on February 11, 2011

Stakeholders move to resolve educational crises in Osun
By Bukola Adebayo
Friday, 11 Feb 2011

Osun State Governor, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, has said that his administration will resolve the crisis in the education sector by using the outcome of the summit as a road map to achieving the solution.

The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Laoye-Tomori in a closing remark at the end of the two-day education summit in Osogbo, on Tuesday, said that the recommendations of experts at the summit would be used as guidelines to move the education sector forward.

He said, “I want to assure you that the governor is consumed with passion to implement the valuable outcome of this summit. It is certain that the communique issued at the end of this summit will serve as a road map for resolving the apparent crisis in the education sector.”

Also, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Olabomi, called on the state government to establish an education trust fund that could assist in strengthening the financing mechanism of the education sector.

He suggested that to finance the trust fund, a statutory percentage should be deducted from government contracts.

Olabomi, while commending the state government for organising the summit, also decried the poor state of school administration in the state, noting that the education sector should be one of the priorities of any government.

He noted that the summit was aimed at providing opportunities for stakeholders to address the rot in the sector and to also proffer workable solutions to them.

Also, while delivering a paper titled, ”The Role of Stakeholders in Educational Development of Osun State,” Director of Aflon Digital Institute, Abuja, Dr. Akin Fapohunda, said for public schools to be put in proper shape, the state government needed to promptly implement the mechanism of Parent-Teachers Association as an instrument of state policy for the management of all its schools.

He added that all public schools should be made to immediately reconstitute their respective PTAs across the state and a model constitution should be worked out to guide their operation.

Another speaker, Dr. Isaac Agboola, who spoke on, ”Strategy for Improving Special Education Programmes in Osun State,” urged the government to increase and strengthen efforts to improve educational, economic and social empowerment for pupils with disabilities in the state.

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